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2017 Year in Review

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost the new year. 2017 is done. And equally hard to believe for me is that this is my 10th year of sitting down on December 31st and doing a comprehensive review of all the things that I experienced, accomplished and celebrated over the last 12 months. One of the first things that comes to mind today is that this means my blog is also almost 10 years old. Wow, those years went so fast though I can hardly remember life before this blog.

For this 10th anniversary of my year in review, I am doing things differently. And that’s because these days, I am running my whole life a lot differently than I did 10 years ago. Yes, my life is even far different than just 12 months ago. Previously my year in review was the place that I highlighted all my business successes big and small, because I was admittedly a workaholic and my business was really what I thought about more often than not.

These days, my business is only a part of my focus and it shares the spotlight with my family and other meaningful experiences. Novel idea, I know. But I am committed to a balanced life and I am having more success with that than ever before. So this year, my year in review is a wonderful mix of things to celebrate across all parts of my life.

2017  was a BIG year with some dreamy, BIG, work stuff. But I intentionally curbed many of the smaller things at work to leave more space for what matters most. My mantra for the year has been “Say no to the good, so you can say YES to the Best!” And maybe that’s why I believe 2017 is my best year yet. Let’s take a look.

First and foremost, I completed my home renovation this year. Can you say Hallelujah? I cannot tell you how exciting it is to no longer be working on my own project. It’s always harder to do your own home, especially when you’re a designer and you have to fit it in around all your other projects. But this baby is FINISHED!

And having my home all beautifully designed and functional is adding so much joy to my life each day, especially since I now work from home, too. My design studio is on the back of my house with a gorgeous view of my pool and the golf course beyond, which makes for more relaxing days at the “office”.

This was also the year I became a columnist with Traditional Home magazine. The features kicked off in January and I wrote an article for every issue this year that chronicled my home renovation. From planning the floorplan layout, to selecting the colors, to designing the kitchen and baths, we covered it all. If you missed any of it, you can find it all on the Traditional Home website here.

The pool and outdoor areas of my home were featured in the summer issue of Traditional Home as part of my column, and readers really seemed to love this feature. My family and I especially enjoyed many hours by the pool from March all the way through December thanks to a few resort-style outdoor heaters and that great new fire pit.

In the December issue of Traditional Home, I finally got to showoff my entire home renovation all dressed up for Christmas. Having a column with one of the top national shelter magazines for an entire year was definitely a dream come true and I am grateful to Traditional Home and all the team that worked with me to make this happen. It was BIG!

My own home renovation wasn’t my only celebration with Traditional Home this year. In April my work graced their cover with one of my favorite client projects.

In addition to the column on own home renovation, the April issue showcased a beloved Farmhouse project that I have been dying to show you. And getting the cover for this project was the icing on the cake.

Also in April, the Pandora’s Manor Showhouse opened in High Point North Carolina. I designed one of 6 bedrooms in this lovely boutique bed and breakfast, with some of the country’s biggest names in Interior Design including Thom Filicia, Barclay Butera, Alexa Hampton, Celerie Kemble and the guys from Madcap Cottage.  This amazing property is all sponsored and owned by Eastern Accents. What fun it was to use my Tobi Fairley collections for Duralee, CR Laine, Woodbridge, Soicher Marin and New River Artisans all in this room.

We even had a super fun “designer sleepover” in our Pj’s at Pandora’s Manor, each spending the night in the rooms we designed. Eastern Accents spared no luxury on us that week, we even had celebrity chef’s cooking our meals. We were spoiled and it was great fun. Thank you Eastern Accents for this fantastic experience.

2017 was also a big year for my product lines. I launched my second full collection with Soicher Marin art company in April.

I expanded my outdoor collection with Woodbridge Furniture from the soft launch last October.

And I launched my new rug line with New River Artisans company. You can see products from all these collections in my home reveal too. How exciting to bring my own furniture and home accents to my own house for my family and me to enjoy for years to come. Definitely another dream come true! (P.S. Stay tuned for more product line announcements in 2018!)

One of my favorite things about my design work this year is that I had 5 of my most favorite former clients of all time start new projects with me. It felt like the best year of design ever and you will see lots of these beautiful spaces revealed next year. From family homes in Arkansas to a family-owned business headquarters, to a condo in Dallas and a beach home in Florida, we are working on fun spaces for these clients that have been a real joy this year!

A great honor I received in 2017 was being inducted into the Sheridan High School Hall of Fame and giving the keynote address to their graduating seniors at the annual senior banquet. How exciting to be able to come back home and share the highlights of my almost 20-year career in design and consulting with these young men and women who are just getting started on their own paths.

This year was one of transition for my consulting and coaching businesses in the best of ways. I loved hosting my Mastermind group in Dallas in the Winter and then at my own home in the Fall. What fun showing a group of other designers how I live and work in my new space, and treating them to a seated dinner in my dining room with fabulous celebrity chef, Donnie Ferneau!

I also hosted the last in-person session of my Designer MBA Course in California in early Summer at the fantastic Thermador headquarters in Orange County, California. I have hosted classes, courses and mastermind events at this amazing facility for 3 years now and Thermador always treats us like royalty. Thank you Thermador, for your amazing hospitality and all the delicious food cooked by fabulous chefs on your outstanding appliances. Being there with you was definitely a highlight this year!  And for those of you who have been waiting to take my fantastic Designer MBA course, you still can. And all-new version of it is coming to the online world in 2018.

My consulting and coaching business is my major focus for next year (more on that soon) and so I enjoyed concluding the way some of my courses and programs have worked for the last 8 years to make room for my most exciting launch yet, happening in just a few weeks in mid-January.  If you want to take your business AND your life to the next level in 2018, you are going to love masterminding with me and getting my top tips and my most popular programs all online (some taught live) and at THE most affordable price yet! And one of my favorite parts is my courses are no longer just for designers, and heres why…

To bring all of you my best next year, I wanted to take my own coaching and consulting skills to the next level. So 2017 was a year of education and training for me. Those of you who know me know that I am a lover of knowledge and learning. And in July of this year I completed a 12-month health and wellness coaching certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition to help me teach all of you how to better balance work and life. Lack of balance is the main challenge I hear from designers and entrepreneurs each year, and it’s been true for me too. So I wanted to be equipped to bring solutions to this challenge for both you and me, and now I’m ready!

To take it a step further, in December I was certified as a Life Coach and a Weight-management Coach from the Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo. I would say of all the courses, classes, books, seminars and learning I have gotten in my life (and I have completed a lot), this training was the single most life-changing program I have ever been a part of.

I cannot wait to bring my knowledge of nutrition, health, wellness and life coaching to my consulting business next year. This training has resulted in my biggest personal shifts yet, and I am incorporating these ideas for wellness and balance into all my interior designer and business coaching offerings next year. You won’t believe the results you are going to get!

And on a related note, I have just tackled the redesign of my website and online education site that is launching in just a few weeks. So that was a huge part of my 2017. I don’t mean I am just doing a refresh. I have literally redesigned my entire brand, mission, vision and goals to align my Interior Design and Business Coaching businesses with a holistic approach to wellness and balance. It’s been a labor of love with web designers, photographers, copywriters, strategy consultants, online marketing and products gurus and more. And I feel like we have blended all the things that inspire me the most into a simple and straight forward approach that allows me to help people design their homes, their businesses and their lives to create more health, wealth and joy.

And speaking of balance and joy, there was a lot of that this year for me too. I made room for my big goals this year for work, and worked those in around my main priority…my personal relationships.

It’s been years since I really traveled with my husband for his work, since I have been too busy traveling for mine. But in 2017 we made trips for his job (he’s an amazing attorney) to Scottsdale and Boston, plus a fabulous 15th wedding anniversary trip to dreamy Aruba and a fun family vacation to Seaside, Florida.

Working so hard isn’t worth it, if you can’t spend time with those most important to you. And this year, I definitely did that!

Working from home has also allowed me the most special time with my daughter. I love that I am here when she comes home from school each day. I love being here for those important moments when she tells me about her day. I love that I don’t miss her volleyball tournaments, tennis matches and school performances. And possibly the most special little moments, are in the carpool transporting six or eight 13 year olds to practices.

Motherhood is THE most important role I have. I recall several years back telling my own coach “If you think I will be one of those moms who volunteers at recess or drives carpool, you’re crazy!” But now I would give up every magazine cover or client to be here for these moments as a mom. And the best news is that with all the changes I’ve made to my business this year and my impending launch of a much bigger presence online, I can do BOTH!

I even made time for friends much more than ever in 2017. From hosting my ladies bible study group, to girlfriend nights for dinner and drinks, to date nights with other couples and my hubs, to Razorback football games and a weekend at the river, I had a lot of meaningful time with friends this year. Here’s a little pic with our friends visiting from Washington, DC and our fishing trip on the White River. I LOVE fishing. I know that’s hard to believe for a girl like me who loves fancy stuff, isn’t it? But the joy of being out on the peaceful waters with eagles flying overhead, and one of my dearest girlfriends by my side was perfect! And it was even sweeter when we caught more fish with our guide Danny, than the guys did.

Moments with true friends are so important to me now more than ever, probably because I am often reminded that life is so short. I was reminded of that this year when I lost my talented friend of 25 years, Todd. He was an event planner extraordinaire and I love this photo of him. It’s how I’ll always remember his smile. And the way he signed every hand-written note…”Smile, Todd”.

Another of my favorite things this year was doing a LOT of entertaining in my home especially during the holidays. My husband and daughter are super social, even more than I am.  We love to share our home and our cooking with friends and family.

In December alone we hosted 5 holiday parties and 2 dinner parties and we loved every moment of nurturing others in our home. One of my favorite things to share with my little family of 3 is our love of entertaining, and I know this home will be the backdrop for our events, big and small, for years to come.

The year of 2017 will go down as one of the great ones in my book.  And 2018 is going to involve some of the biggest changes I’ve made in years. Stay tuned for some big announcements, the launch of my new website and very exciting all-new consulting/coaching offerings  and a year hyper-focused on making my biggest personal contribution to the world that I have ever made. I am on a mission to make a difference in the lives of others including my family, my clients, and designers and entrepreneurs around the globe. I couldn’t be more excited about what that will look like next year.

Thank you my friends, for taking a look back at 2017 with me.

And a special thank you to Traditional Home, my licensing partners Woodbridge Furniture, Duralee Fabrics, New River Artisans, Soicher Marin, CR Laine Furniture, all the vendors that partnered with me on my home renovations, Eastern Accents, Thermador, my fabulous photographer Nancy Nolan, my videographer Leonard Chamblee, my builder Richard Harp, my landscape Designer David Munsey III, my own coaches and mentors, my amazing interior design and consulting clients, all our workrooms, subcontractors and vendors that help us create great designs, my fabulous Tobi Fairley Design team, my web designer and consultants, my amazing friends, especially my family and so many other people who helped make my 2017 great! And a big Thank you to all of you who follow my blog.

Cheers to 2018. I believe it’s going to be my most exciting year yet!

xo,

 

 

 

Join me in a month of Gratitude

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Hello lovely readers!

You may have noticed that it’s been a few months since my last post.  I have been enjoying my life more than ever before. That’s right, this isn’t a post about how busy I’ve been, its a post about how happy I’ve been.

I started 2017 with a focus on Joy and this has definitely been my most joyful year yet. From finishing my home remodel and chronicling it all in my Traditional Home column (you’ll see the big reveal in Traditional Home in the next issue), to completing my first year of having my design studio in my home, to making my family and my marriage more of a priority than ever, 2017 has been one of my favorites and I have so very much to be grateful for.

And though I have have been enjoying life instead of blogging, that doesn’t mean that blogging is a thing of the past for me. I have actually been putting the finishing touches on a new website and blog that you will see before year end. It is a major overhaul to our online presence and incorporates many exciting additions to my design and consulting businesses. The new year will bring exciting growth for my company, especially online, and 2018 will mean you can get more access to my designs and my business, life and health coaching than ever before, all right from your computer. What’s even more exciting is if you haven’t worked with me in the past because of price, my new offerings will make my consulting and coaching work more accessible than ever.  And all these changes mean even more work-life balance for me, because more of me online means I can work from anywhere and work around putting my family and my health first. How can I not be grateful for that? Plus I’ll teach you have to have more work-life balance too.

So as November kicks off today, I am kicking off a focus in my own life on gratitude for all the things that are going so right, and for all the challenges that brought learning and growth this year. I already journal every day and my November journal will be full of thanksgiving for my loves and my life. I hope you will join me in this practice as this year comes to an end. Grab yourself a pretty notebook today and start making your list. Gratitude has a way of making what we already have more than enough. And I believe it will make the holiday season full of joy like only a gratitude practice can do.

If you want a reminder to start your day full of gratitude, you can get this pretty little print here. Happy November, my dears. I hope you spend the month counting all your blessings. I’ll be counting mine too.

xo,

 

 

 

My Word of the Year for 2017

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Oh how I love the turn of the new year! I love nothing more than a fresh start–a new opportunity to design our lives just the way we want them to be. And for a big believer in goals, this is THE best time for setting a path to the life you want. I enjoyed time with family this weekend to relax and restore and eat my black-eyed peas. But today it’s serious goal setting time. And every good goal need a plan.

For the last five years, at the beginning of the year I’ve chosen a word to represent my intentions and goals. A word to be my guide for the next 12 months. It’s an annual ritual that I love, and that I take very seriously. Over those years I have chosen the words Discipline, Inspire, Action, Significance, and last year I chose Focus. I would say of all these, Significance was maybe my favorite because it meant looking for experiences and work that were truly meaningful. My favorite that is, until now.

I really believe what one of my favorite gurus, Dr. Wayne Dyer (who we lost in 2016) said. He said that intentions create reality. In other words what we put our minds to, becomes what we are.

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In 2016, my word was Focus. My intention was to be laser-focused mentally and emotionally on things that I wanted to achieve all year long.  Many times we as humans focus on the bad in life, or gossip, or challenges. And if what we focus on is what we become, that can be a dangerous practice, right?

Last year I wanted to have a head-down approach to my life.  I planned to forgo things that were merely good in lieu of the GREAT!  To say no to things that only seemed urgent so I could focus on what really matters. I decided to dig deep with the help of a few key advisors including my husband, in order to decide what I wanted my next few years to look like. I decided to focus on laying the ground work for the future that I want to manifest.

And though I had some HUGE successes in my design and consulting businesses and especially in my product designs last year, it was my marriage and my family that became my top priority. And oh WOW, have I ever reaped the rewards in those areas! It’s been so much fun when many of you have noticed and commented (on my social media and in person) over the last few months, about the changes you can see in my happiness. You’re right!

Relationships are like flowers, they need time and attention to bloom. And though my life seemed perfect before this year of focus, I didn’t realize that some of my relationships needed more time and attention than they were getting. As so many of you know, it is so hard to balance business and life, and for years my family has been patiently supporting my endeavors while I have tried to give them everything they needed. So 2016 was their turn to get major attention from me and I am thrilled that my family and I are truly happier than we have ever been because of it! Yes, I needed to be more connected to them too, and I was often too busy to even notice.

I also focused last year on downsizing the parts of my business that weren’t bringing in big profits or big success (like getting rid of my big brick and mortar we no longer need in lieu of a fabulous studio at home) so that I could be sure that the time I do spend on my business has the biggest payoffs with regard to fulfillment and finances. It was all part of my focus to balance work and family for the biggest rewards.

So when considering my word for 2017, I took a look back at my previous Word of the Year posts and something interesting happened. My intention to “Focus” in 2016 naturally led to my 2017 Word of the Year. In fact, if you look back at the blog post from January 2016, you’ll see the list of things I vowed to focus on…

I will forgo the good and Focus on the GREAT.

I will say no to many things that seem urgent and Focus on what matters.

I will travel less so I can Focus on my family more.

I will Focus on what I REALLY Want.

I will Focus on change.

I will Focus on what I can control.

I will Focus on what excites me.

I will Focus on being healthy.

I will Focus on finding Joy.

And what you will see is this year’s perfect word right there in the post. Because the last thing that I said I wanted to focus on was…

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That’s right, my word for 2017 is JOY! I said last year Joy would be part of what I wanted, but it was probably more of a side note, a secondary thought or at least one of several things I intended to seek.

This year it’s THE word. So what’s the difference in Joy and Happiness you ask? One definition I found said it this way…Joy is a stronger, less common feeling than happiness. Witnessing or achieving selflessness to the point of personal sacrifice frequently triggers this emotion. Feeling spiritually connected to a god or to people brings joy.

So my intention for this year is to let JOY shine in my life, both personally and professionally! I guess I got a taste of real happiness last year when I up-leveled my personal relationships, and now I want MORE. Joy will be the litmus test of every decision I make this year. If it doesn’t REALLY bring me JOY then it just won’t make the cut in 2017.

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But it goes deeper than that. It won’t just be the test when an opportunity arises. Joy will be the catalyst for more BIG changes this year for me and my business.

I want to make sure there is JOY in my design work. I definitely love my work but often a lot of “have tos” creep into my schedule or my projects. This year, I will go back to just taking the work that I am passionate about. And what I am most passionate about? Designing homes that support people in their goals, their intentions and their wellness. So look for some shifts in the design work I do. I am no longer willing to do work that doesn’t truly inspire me and bring me JOY. But if you want a home that makes you healthy and happy, then I may just be your designer!

I will expand on the JOY I feel when I help others through my consulting work. Many of you may not know that I don’t just work with designers, but all sorts of businesses to help with their marketing and social media, their online presence, their personal wellness and work-life balance and their overall brand. Our list of consulting clients includes all sorts of creatives types from lawyers, realtors, designers, and contractors to info product companies, telecommunication companies and financial advisors. Every type of small business can benefit from the work we do and this work brings me JOY! I will also do more personal and life consulting this year. Yes, consulting will be a big part of 2017 for me.

I find much JOY in my product designs and media partnerships and I will expand those in 2017. I can’t wait for you to see what I am up to in this area of my life. I have a few big announcements that will be coming soon.

But, most importantly, I want to focus on the JOY I have with my husband, my daughter, my family and a few close friends plus our 2 amazing pups this year. Have you seen how cute our new puppy is?!? Yes, I guess I am elated by the connection and fulfillment that my relationships brought me in 2016, so more than anything else, I want more of this in this new year.

There are turning points in all of our lives, more and more as we grow older, that cause us to stop and take stock of our lives and where we are. I’ve had some of those (a few bigs ones in 2016), and I’m sure you have, too. They remind us of what is most important to us and who we really care about in our lives. They also show us who really cares for and supports us,too. They make it clear who and what brings us JOY!

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Does that mean I’m turning my focus away from work? Not at all! Okay, well maybe some of it. I am going to travel less for work (yes, even less than last year). I am going to live less out of habit and more from intention. I plan to celebrate what I love about my job and my partnerships. I will do more of what makes me happy and less of what makes me stressed. It’s almost like I’ll be cleaning out my emotional closets and only keeping what brings me JOY. It’s sort of like Marie Kondo’s “the life-changing magic of tidying up” but for my life.

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Life is short. It really, really is. And I am so glad that JOY will be the motivator for me in 2017 to stop “thinking about what will make me happy” and start only doing the things that will. It’s going to be a BIG push out of my comfort zone, even for a person like me who spends quite a lot of time out there on a limb. It will mean pulling the trigger on a few things I have been meaning to start and on more things I have been meaning to stop. And that’s scary stuff.

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I want more time. Free time, family time, down time. And the only way to create that kind of white space in my life is say no to a lot more and yes to a lot less. It will be hard, but it will be worth it. I plan to choose wisely.

I am going to lean into to my purpose and let go of some outdated dreams and expectations that I have been hanging on to. I am going to let go of the past and enjoy my present because being in the now is really just that, a gift.

I am so blessed, and my days of rushing towards the next gigantic achievement in some effort to make me happy are over. Because what makes us happy isn’t “out there” its an inside job. And inside is where I will cultivate the most JOY this year!

So what is YOUR intention for 2017? Can you seek more joy? We all need more happiness in our lives, but maybe it’s JOY you should really go after! No matter what you plan for the next 12 months, I truly wish you a JOYous new year!

with love and gratitude,

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Year in Review 2016

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Well its the last day of 2016. I hear many of you saying “Thank God it’s over!” But this day for me is that day every year that I take time to look at all the amazing things that happened in my life over the last 12 months. Even more than that, it’s the day I celebrate our successes and share my gratitude for all those who helped make the year so great! (Settle in friends, this post is always my longest of the year.)

But this year I am thinking of this look back a little differently. That’s because 2016 has been a “doozy” as we say in the South. I have seen so many people say how ready they are for this challenging year to be over. And I would be lying if I didn’t agree that there were some crazy and difficult moments over the last 12 months that I would like to forget. But the optimist in me just can’t paint the whole year with a broad brush and call it all bad. I think some of my most difficult moments of my life happened in 2016 and also many of my most exciting and most joyful moments came this year. It is in those difficult moments that I found some of my biggest blessings or what I like to think of as Silver Linings.

So here is a look back at some of my most exciting moments in 2016. As I review them, I think of all the joy I found this year and especially all the things I learned. Thanks for taking a look back with me…

JANUARY

When I started the year I claimed Focus as my word for 2016. I said “2016 will be a year of FOCUS for me. Similar to 2012 when I turned inward and became extremely disciplined about what needed to be done to make a huge leap. 2016 will be a hyper-focused year of up-leveling all over again. I think every few years you have to have a head-down approach to business and to life. So this year is it!”

And you know what? Focus I did. But not just on my business. 2016 became a year of focusing on my family, my marriage, my home, and what I really want for the future. I’ll tell you a lot more about this in the next few days as I announce my word for 2017 and talk about my goals and resolutions.

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But let’s talk about how 2016 started with a bang! I was thrilled to be featured on the January cover of At Home in Arkansas for the second year in a row for their Design Issue. This time I was among a handful of Arkansans recognized for creating national product lines. What an honor!

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And out on the web, Shutterfly asked me to be part of The Hottest Hues for Your Home. It described the best colors to use in your home, and how to effectively use color to give your rooms some va-va-voom! And as you all know, that was right up my alley so I was thrilled to be included.

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January also marked my 44th birthday and Paperless Post asked me to design an invite and describe what my perfect birthday celebration would look like. I can’t believe it’s almost time to celebrate another one soon! I better get started on this year’s party wish list asap.

FEBRUARY

febOne of the BIGGEST moments of 2016 was when my Tobi Fairley for Duralee fabric collection debuted in style on the streets of Paris. YES, PARIS!  As in France. They were bright, bold, and tailored in Duralee’s Pop up shop on Rue Jacob as a part of the Paris Deco Off trade show and I could not have been more excited.

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And the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Newspaper did a fabulous (and huge) feature in their Saturday Style section in February about me, my firm, my accomplishments and my new product lines. How fun being honored in my hometown newspaper!

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It’s always thrilling when my work is published internationally and my Pleasant Valley project appeared in Hungarian magazine A Mi Otthonunk. I can’t tell you what it says, but it sure looks great!

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I taught my Mastermind class in Naples, Florida in February and was joined by the fab guys from Madcap Cottage and my dapper friend Scot Meacham Wood as speakers for my group. It was great fun, especially the cocktail party hosted for us in the Duralee Fabrics showroom.

MARCH

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March was also exciting when my National Ad Campaign for Duralee kicked off with a fun photoshoot in the historic Terry Mansion right here in Little Rock with my favorite photographer, Nancy Nolan. It was surreal seeing my fabrics (and me) on the pages of major national magazines like House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Veranda and others all year long.

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And one of my all-time favorite projects, my Crestwood project, appeared in an 8-page feature in Midwest Living magazine in March.

APRIL

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My Duralee fabrics debuted at High Point Spring Market in many showrooms including on my furniture at C. R. Laine. And I loved adding new pieces to both my C.R.Laine and Woodbridge collections for Spring including the Hayden sofa shown here.

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I enjoyed adding about 30 new pieces to my Tobi Fairley for Soicher Marin art collection including these fun dot pieces for Spring Market too. Stay tuned for more new Soicher Marin pieces coming soon.

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I had the fun privilege of moderating a panel discussion at HPMKT for Antique & Design Center with several of my designer friends. We laughed so much and I learned a lot too!

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The speaking engagements continued in Dallas and Houston at events featuring my friend Barry Dixon and me. We had fun promoting our fabric lines with Duralee and Fabricut and seeing great friends!

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I love helping creatives and entrepreneurs with their businesses, so I was thrilled to launch my new Financials for Creatives Master Class in April.

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My Wells chair for C.R. Laine in my La Petite Roche fabric from Duralee was featured on the cover of Furniture Today’s market issue.

 

MAY

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After 8 months of condo living, we moved back into our fabulous, newly remodeled house. This was THE highlight of the year for sure, especially cooking in my new kitchen for my family and friends!

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I had a fabulous time hosting my Designer MBA class in Atlanta and I especially enjoyed the lovely party hosted by the Duralee team at their ADAC showroom while we were in town.

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Elle Decor featured my mom and me online with the best decorating advice from Mothers and Daughters in honor of Mother’s day.

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And how much fun to be on the cover of Refined Home magazine and a great feature inside for my Riverside Penthouse project.

JUNE

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House Beautiful magazine was great to me all year long. In June it was my Lucy bed from CR Laine that was featured on their pages.

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Chicago was the site for our June Mastermind session at Eastern Accents Headquarters. And it was great fun having Tiffany Brooks, winner of HGTV’s Design Star as our guest speaker.

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And I was especially thrilled to have Denise McGaha (my best friend and former mastermind member) present her super smart “Designing with a Deadline” approach to our members. What a great career Denise has built and our members loved her insights and strategies for making their business progressive for the future! Love you, Denise.

 

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I extended my stay in the Chicago area for speaking engagements at two Toms-Price furniture locations promoting my C.R Laine Upholstery line including the Taylor sectional I’m sitting on here.

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And the rest of June was spent with my toes in the sand and focused on my family. It was the perfect mid-year dose of R & R!

JULY

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My La Petite Roche fabric from Duralee (named for my hometown of Little Rock) was featured again, this time on the cover of the High Point Market Style Guide! That’s also my Hudson Stripe fabric in the background, both of which were used in CR Laine’s showroom cafe this Spring. And as if that wasn’t enough – my new Channing chair from CR Laine is ALSO featured inside!

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La Petite Roche was on a roll. The coral colorway of the fabric was featured in a fun dress from the brand Love Lilly!

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Rue Magazine was so kind to feature my new Duralee fabric collection. It definitely got loads of press this year!

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Including New England Home featuring my Langdon fabric (named after my brother) from my Duralee collection in its pachyderm roundup! Who doesn’t love an Elephant print, even if you aren’t of that political party. ha!

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My love of pink – and my collections of furniture with CR Laine and Woodbridge – got me into the Chicago Tribune, and syndicated into my local paper, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in July.

AUGUST

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Better Homes & Gardens asked me to round up my favorite peach-and-mint combos for a fun color story in August.

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TRADHome (the digital magazine by Traditional Home) featured my chinoiserie panels from Soicher Marin in August, too.

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And in Real Simple magazine, I shared my favorite white paints with their readers. Yes, even this color lover has her go-to whites.

SEPTEMBER

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More House Beautiful love came in September with my Riverside Penthouse project powder bath featured with a full page.

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And a big milestone came this year, I wrote my 2000th Blog Post.

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After 17 years of working outside of my home, in September I began the big project of moving my office and my team into a space on the back of my newly remodeled home. There is a studio on the back overlooking the pool that makes the perfect design space. And I absolutely LOVE working from home! Plus I can cook my team and me healthy food for lunch, I am here with my pups all day, and I’m here when my daughter and her nanny get home from school. I have to say it’s this working mom’s dream come true.

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September was also the month I helped celebrate Thermador’s 100th birthday as their Brand Ambassador. Using all my new Thermador appliances was the perfect way to celebrate this amazing company. Particularly with cupcakes baked by my daughter and me in our new Professional Thermador Range.

 

OCTOBER

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My Crestwood project kitchen and it’s lovely seashore-inspired color were featured in House Beautiful in October.

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My new outdoor furniture – the Carlyle collection- debuted with Woodbridge Furniture company to rave reviews at Fall Market.

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In fact, this Fall market was one of my favorites to date, because I was Style Spotted 3 times including for my new Tilley chair from CR Laine and also because my husband made his first visit to High Point to see what all the hoopla was about and he had a great time!

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I gave my go-to orange paint colors to Country Living magazine readers, and it was also featured on Yahoo’s news site which was a fun fall treat!

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Traditional Home featured my Stella screen from my CR Laine collection in their curated collection of screens.

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My Blair bar cabinet from my Woodbridge furniture collection showed up looking chic in Home Accents Today and my Lily game table and Grant chairs from Woodbridge were in Furniture Today in conjunction with Fall market!

NOVEMBER

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I enjoyed another trip to Florida in November when I spoke at DCOTA design center sponsored by Duralee. It was great fun meeting many designers and spending time with some of my favorite Duralee team members.

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I finally connected my schedule with the fabulous James Swan and was a guest on his amazingly popular podcast Million Dollar Decorating. This was a highlight of the year for sure.

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My new acrylic and brass Nick table from Woodbridge was chosen as a top pick for the High Point Market Style Report which is a roundup of the best pieces debuting at Fall market.

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And to round out an amazing year, I had an incredible 10 spreads in the latest issue of French Style Magazine with my Shadow Valley project.

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If all these business successes and personal experiences weren’t enough, I truly had my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas in all my 44 years. It’s fun to see how both holidays showed up in my Instagram “Best Nine” posts of the year including my braided bacon covered Thanksgiving turkey, cooked perfectly in my Thermador Steam oven. We hosted family and friends in our newly renovated home all holiday season long. And I have been putting all the finishing touches on my decor in the last few weeks, so I can reveal it all to you in 2017. Plus I can’t wait to help you get to know our brand new pup, Beckett, my daughter’s 2016 Christmas surprise.

Before we bid 2016 adieu, I want to thank each and every magazine, amazing client, licensing partner, designer friend, vendor partner, newspaper, my contractor and subcontractors who completed my home, my unbelievable staff, my close personal friends and my precious family who supported me through this year during all the highs and lows. And I want to thank you for meeting me here every day to talk about life, business and design. I am so grateful for the many, many blessings of this year. And if you are feeling like 2016 wasn’t your favorite year, I hope you will create your own year in review. It sure is hard to think a year is bad when you record all the good things that happened all year long.

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Yes, 2016, you definitely had a lot of silver linings! That’s why my favorite Christmas gift is probably this painting by Arkansas artist Bryan Frazier that is entitled “In the space at the silver lining”. It was a gift from my husband and every time I look at it I will recall all my blessings in the midst of the challenges of 2016.

I wish each of you a very Happy New Year’s Eve and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2017. I can’t wait to experience many more blessings with you next year. My prayer is that we can all live in that space at the silver lining all 2017 long.

xo,

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